Wallaby problem spreading

A South Canterbury wallaby.

South Canterbury's wallaby population has reached alarming proportions.

More price transparency call

A Fonterra milk tanker arrives at Fonterra's Te Rapa plant near Hamilton in this August 6, 2013 file photo. Fonterra, New Zealand's huge dairy cooperative, has begun buying milk from non-members for the first time in its history, a major strategic shift as it battles foreign-backed processors that have sprung up in the world's No.1 dairy exporting nation. REUTERS/Nigel Marple/Files (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD HEALTH)

Fonterra told to sharpen its communication act and publicly report milk price guidance monthly.

Environmental thoughts urged

Environment Southland is introducing new regulations that will affect all farmers in the south.

Sheep and beef farmers need to start thinking about environmental issues, Federated Farmers says.

Different thinking pays off

Angus (left) and Forbes Cameron, 2015 Steak of Origin champion farmers.

12:52 PM  Alternative thinking is paying off for father and son farmers who recently won NZ's "Steak of Origin" competition.

Chinese sales behind targets

Pure Canterbury infant formula.
Photo:SUPPLIED/SYNLAIT MILK LTD

Chinese dairy investor appears short of its sales targets for its NZ-made infant formula brand.

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opinion

Rural communities face challenge

Stew Wadey is chair of the Matamata District Federated Farmers.

Our rural communities are well aware now of what the challenges the substantial reduction of income forecast for our dairy industry participants will actually mean.

Dairy industry critics need to tell both sides

OPINION: Recent report on the cost of NZ's dairy industry needs to look further than evidence that suits its needs.

Our 'magic mantle' is something to celebrate

Unhappy farmer still backing Fonterra

Fieldays

A world class agribusiness event

As many as 125,000 visitors are expected to flock to the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek this year.

The countdown is on to this year's New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.

Young farmer has big future plans

James Robertson has some big aspirations.

Six-time Timbersports World Champion, Jason Wynyard (Auckland), demonstrates his chainsaw skills at the Fieldays.

Chainsaws at the ready

Festival of Logging celebrates all things to do with chainsaws and has been a firm fixture at the Fieldays for more than 20 years.

dairy

Despite low payout, Matamata farms are still selling quickly

Jack Van Lierop from LJ Hooker Matamata, who won the trophy for Top Rural salesperson for LJ Hooker in 2014, said dairy farms were selling in a month to five weeks.

2:08 PM  Rural real estate agents all agree that, despite Fonterra’s projected low pay out, dairy farms in Matamata are selling quickly.

There's milk in them thar hills

Dairy farming on hill country, doing a university degree, starting a new business and working with dad to keep family land in the family. All in a day's work for one young Hawke's Bay farmer.

A Fonterra milk tanker arrives at Fonterra's Te Rapa plant near Hamilton in this August 6, 2013 file photo. Fonterra, New Zealand's huge dairy cooperative, has begun buying milk from non-members for the first time in its history, a major strategic shift as it battles foreign-backed processors that have sprung up in the world's No.1 dairy exporting nation. REUTERS/Nigel Marple/Files (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD HEALTH)

More milk price transparency urged

Fonterra told to sharpen its communication act and publicly report milk price guidance monthly.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

Different thinking pays off

Angus (left) and Forbes Cameron, 2015 Steak of Origin champion farmers.

12:52 PM  Alternative thinking is paying off for father and son farmers who recently won NZ's "Steak of Origin" competition.

Wills thrilled to receive ONZM

Waikato woman Janette Wills was thrilled to receive her Officer of the Order (ONZM) medal for services to the beef industry from the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at an investiture ceremony on May 20.

Environment Southland is introducing new regulations that will affect all farmers in the south.

Farmers urged to think environmentally

Sheep and beef farmers need to start thinking about environmental issues, Federated Farmers says.

Sheep

Farmers urged to think environmentally

Environment Southland is introducing new regulations that will affect all farmers in the south.

Sheep and beef farmers need to start thinking about environmental issues, Federated Farmers says.

Fine merino suits are hot sellers in Japan

Japanese company buying merino wool for suits heading back to NZ's high country next year with another 20 of its top sales people.

The Ngapara community remains convinced more than 200 sheep killed on separate occasions in the district were not killed by dogs, despite police investigations finding they were.

Sheep death disagreement

Police say dogs killed close to 200 sheep on a North Otago farm - but Ngapara residents are doubtful.

cropping

Vege planting postponed again

Woodhaven Gardens manager John Clarke.

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Select avocado growers make good returns

Avocado growers who use Seeka Kiwifruit Industries as their packer have received much higher prices for their exports than others in the industry, the company says.

Motueka Fruitgrowers Association chairman Simon Easton says growers are ``pretty positive'' about potential returns from this season's fruit.

Exports put shine on apple crop

Improved international markets lift apple exporters' hopes from February's doom and gloom.

agribusiness

Landowners urged to move away from radiata pine

Special cultivars of manuka developed by Comvita are showing very good honey potential.

12:58 PM  Forestry experts are encouraging landowners to use recently announced forestry grants to plant trees other than radiata pine.

Chinese dairy giant's formula sales disappoint

Chinese dairy investor Bright Dairy appears short of its sales targets for its New Zealand-made infant formula brand sold to China's biggest cities.

Kanuka and cattle rub shoulders on the Beamish farms

Kanuka right at home on winning farm

Naturally-occurring kanuka is one of the main features on the property which won the Hawke's Bay Farm Forester of the Year title.

Discovery

Research offers pneumonia hope

A lamb shows typical signs of pneumonia. Note that it is hollow, has droopy head and ears and looks lethargic.

Northland ram breeder Gordon Levet suspects that sheep farmers have been unconsciously selecting for resistance to pneumonia.

Carbon counting is big job

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

22042015 News Photo: John Kirk-Anderson/FairfaxNZ

Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

rural women

She's 17, and running a farm video

Louisa McClintock, 17, works fulltime on her grandfather Graham McClintock's 2500-hectare sheep and beef property Stratholme, north of Cheviot.

Louisa McClintock is just 17 but is farming a dry north Canterbury farm with her 80-year-old grandfather.

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Video

Christchurch bus interchange opens

New $53 million bus interchange provides welcome relief from waiting in the cold for commuters.

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